List of NFL on CBS commentator pairings

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CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956-1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second.

1950s[edit]

1956[1][edit]

1957[2][edit]

1958[3][edit]

1959[edit]

Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison

1960s[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of NFL Championship Game broadcasters.

1960[4][edit]

Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison

1961[5][edit]

From 1955 to 1961, Cleveland Browns games were on Sports Network Incorporated.

1962[6][edit]

1963[7][edit]

1964[8][9][edit]

  • In 1964, CBS experimented with a half-and-half format for their announcers. The first half would be called by the home teams' commentators while the second half would be done by the visitors' commentators.

1965[10][edit]

1966[11][edit]

1967[12][edit]

1968[13][edit]

  1. Jack Buck/Pat Summerall
  2. Ray Scott/Paul Christman
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Tom Brookshier
  4. Jack Whitaker/Frank Gifford
  5. Jack Drees/George Connor
  6. Chuck Thompson/Lenny Moore
  7. Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
  8. Don Criqui/Johnny Sauer
  • This was the first year that CBS abandoned dedicated team announcing crews and instituted a semi-merit announcing team system (one that is still used to this day).

1969[14][edit]

  1. Ray Scott/Paul Christman
  2. Lindsey Nelson/Tom Brookshier
  3. Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
  4. Jack Buck/Pat Summerall
  5. Jack Whitaker/Frank Gifford
  6. Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer
  7. Chuck Thompson/Jerry Kramer
  8. Don Criqui/Frank Clarke

1970s[edit]

1970[15][edit]

  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall (a good number of games Scott called during this time still involved the Packers)
  2. Frank Glieber or Don Criqui/Frank Gifford
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Don Perkins
  4. Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
  5. Jack Drees/Andy Musser, Eddie LeBaron or Frank Clarke
  6. Don Criqui or Andy Musser/Johnny Sauer
  7. Frank Glieber, Andy Musser, Gil Stratton or Dick Stockton/Eddie LeBaron
  8. Frank Gifford/Frank Clarke (Weeks 4, 14)

1971[16][edit]

  1. Ray Scott or Frank Glieber/Pat Summerall
  2. Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Sauer
  4. Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
  5. Jack Buck or Don Criqui/Alex Hawkins
  6. Don Criqui or Jack Buck/Irv Cross
  7. Jack Drees/George Connor
  • In Week 10, Jack Buck and Don Criqui traded broadcast partners; Buck started the season teamed with Alex Hawkins, while Criqui started the season with Irv Cross (who was in his first season at CBS, and would stay for 21 years both in the booth and on The NFL Today).

1972[17][edit]

  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall
  2. Jack Buck/Tom Brookshier
  3. Jack Whitaker/Jim Morse or Tucker Frederickson
  4. Lindsey Nelson or Jim Thacker/Johnny Sauer
  5. Frank Glieber/Alex Hawkins
  6. Jack Drees/George Connor/Gale Sayers (Week 4)
  7. Don Criqui/Irv Cross
  8. Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Morris (Week 5)

1973[18][edit]

  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall or Tom Brookshier
  2. Jack Buck/Wayne Walker, Pat Summerall or Johnny Sauer/Bart Starr (Week 10)
  3. Don Criqui/Tommy Mason or Irv Cross
  4. Frank Glieber/Pete Retzlaff, Tom Brookshier, Wayne Walker, Timmy Brown or Pat Summerall
  5. Dan Kelly/Irv Cross, Tom Brookshier, Wayne Walker or Timmy Brown
  6. Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Sauer, Pat Summerall or Irv Cross
  7. Jack Whitaker/Timmy Brown, Wayne Walker, Tommy Mason or Irv Cross
  8. Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer, Irv Cross, Timmy Brown, Wayne Walker or Tommy Mason
  • This would be Ray Scott's final season with CBS, as well as Pat Summerall's last full season as a color commentator. Bart Starr would join Scott and Summerall for Super Bowl VIII.
  • In Week 11, Ray Scott and Pat Summerall would work Washington-Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, then on the following Sunday, Scott called Chicago-Minnesota with Tom Brookshier, and Summerall joined Jack Whitaker for Atlanta-NY Jets.
  • Jack Whitaker would also leave the play-by-play booth after this season. Whitaker would later move to the NFL Today; where he provided featured commentaries until his exit for ABC Sports in 1982.

1974[19][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier/Johnny Unitas (Weeks 11, 13) or Bart Starr (Week 12)
  2. Jack Buck/Pat Summerall, Wayne Walker, Johnny Sauer, Irv Cross or Bart Starr
  3. Don Criqui/Irv Cross, Wayne Walker, Tom Brookshier, Pat Summerall, Tommy Mason or Pete Retzlaff
  4. Frank Glieber/Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Tommy Mason, Pete Retzlaff, Wayne Walker, Tom Brookshier or Johnny Sauer
  5. Lindsey Nelson/Bart Starr, Wayne Walker, Johnny Sauer, Tom Brookshier or Johnny Unitas
  6. Dick Stockton/Pete Retzlaff, Tommy Mason, Tom Brookshier, Bart Starr or Wayne Walker
  7. Brent Musburger/Johnny Sauer, Wayne Walker, Bart Starr or Pete Retzlaff
  8. Dan Kelly/Irv Cross, Tommy Mason, Johnny Sauer or Pete Retzlaff
  9. Bill Campbell/Tom Brookshier (Week 1)
  10. Bill Mazer/Pete Retzlaff (Week 4)
  • Jack Buck left CBS following this season to anchor the inaugural season of GrandStand on NBC. Dick Stockton would also depart CBS for NBC to call NFL, as well as the 1975 World Series.
  • This was Brent Musburger and Irv Cross' last year in the booth before moving over to host the NFL Today pregame show for CBS.
  • Bart Starr left CBS after 1974 to become head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He called the Thanksgiving game between Washington and Dallas with Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier.
  • In Week 7, CBS shook up the lineup with Pat Summerall being shuffled from color commentator opposite Jack Buck to play-by-play opposite Tom Brookshier.

1975[20][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully or Paul Hornung/Hank Stram or Sonny Jurgensen
  3. Frank Glieber/Alex Hawkins, Hank Stram or Tim Van Galder
  4. Lindsey Nelson/Sonny Jurgensen, Paul Hornung or Alex Hawkins
  5. Don Criqui/Alex Hawkins or Sonny Jurgensen
  6. Al Michaels/Wayne Walker or Hank Stram (primarily 49er West Coast games)
  7. Paul Hornung/Johnny Morris
  8. Gary Bender/Johnny Unitas or Sonny Jurgensen
  • This was Al Michaels' only season on CBS.
  • Hank Stram would appear late in the Super Bowl X coverage to allow Tom Brookshier to anchor the postgame trophy presentation. Stram would call the Rams-Cardinals first-round playoff game with Frank Glieber.
  • Sonny Jurgensen would team with Vin Scully for the Cowboys-Rams NFC Championship game.

1976[21][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall, Lindsey Nelson or Gary Bender/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Paul Hornung or Sonny Jurgensen
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Alex Hawkins, Sonny Jurgensen, Johnny Morris, Emerson Boozer or Dick Butkus
  4. Frank Glieber/Emerson Boozer, Alex Hawkins or Sonny Jurgensen
  5. Don Criqui/Sonny Jurgensen, Alex Hawkins or Paul Hornung
  6. Gary Bender or Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Unitas
  7. Jim Thacker/Tom Matte, Emerson Boozer, Sonny Jurgensen, Alex Hawkins or Bob Lilly
  8. Bob Costas/Emerson Boozer, Tom Matte, Tommy McDonald, Tim Van Galder or Sonny Jurgensen
  9. Paul Hornung/Johnny Morris (Weeks 1-3, 6)
  • Bob Costas was hired just before the season to replace Al Michaels, who had joined ABC. Costas' first assignment was San Francisco-Green Bay in Week 1, with Tommy McDonald.
  • In Week 12, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier called the Thanksgiving Day game between St. Louis and Dallas, while on Sunday Gary Bender joined Brookshier to call Seattle-NY Giants. Lindsey Nelson would join Bender's regular partner Johnny Unitas to call Chicago-Green Bay.

1977[22][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Alex Hawkins, Sonny Jurgensen or Jim Brown/Johnny Morris (Week 14)
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Paul Hornung and/or Jim Brown
  4. Frank Glieber/Emerson Boozer, Roy Jefferson or Alex Hawkins
  5. Don Criqui, Bob Costas or Gary Bender/Emerson Boozer or Paul Hornung
  6. Gary Bender, Don Criqui, Bob Costas or Tim Ryan/Tom Matte
  7. Don Criqui, Bob Costas, Tim Ryan or Frank Glieber/Nick Buoniconti
  8. Frank Glieber or Gary Bender/Johnny Morris
  9. Gary Bender, Frank Glieber, Jim Thacker or Don Criqui/Johnny Unitas/Tom Matte (Week 13)
  10. Tim Ryan, Don Criqui, Bob Costas or Frank Glieber/Sonny Jurgensen
  11. Bob Costas/Roy Jefferson (Week 12)

1978[23][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall, Vin Scully or Don Criqui/Tom Brookshier/Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 2-4, 9)
  2. Vin Scully/George Allen/Jim Brown
  3. Lindsey Nelson or Frank Glieber/Paul Hornung/Roman Gabriel (Week 2) or Johnny Unitas (Week 5)
  4. Gary Bender, Bill Mazer, Don Criqui or Frank Glieber/Hank Stram/Nick Buoniconti (Week 2)
  5. Don Criqui, Frank Glieber or Tim Ryan/Sonny Jurgensen and/or Nick Buoniconti
  6. Tim Ryan, Bob Costas or Frank Glieber/Johnny Morris
  7. Frank Glieber, Tim Ryan, Bob Costas, Bill Mazer, Jim Thacker or Don Criqui/Tom Matte/Roman Gabriel (Week 5), Johnny Unitas (Week 7) or Bill Mazer (Week 8)
  8. Jim Thacker, Frank Glieber or Tim Ryan/Roman Gabriel
  9. Gary Bender, Tim Ryan or Frank Glieber/Johnny Unitas
  10. Frank Glieber/Bill Mazer (Week 4)
  11. Tim Ryan/Nick Buoniconti (Week 14)
  • This was Don Criqui's last season with CBS before departing for NBC.
  • CBS would experiment with three-man booths during the first half of the season. Jim Brown would join Vin Scully and George Allen beginning in Week 3 and would last throughout the season.

1979[24][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Gary Bender/Tom Brookshier and/or John Madden or Sonny Jurgensen
  2. Vin Scully or Dick Stockton/George Allen
  3. Curt Gowdy/Hank Stram
  4. Lindsey Nelson or Frank Glieber/Paul Hornung
  5. Gary Bender or Frank Glieber/Sonny Jurgensen
  6. Frank Glieber or Lindsey Nelson/John Madden
  7. Tim Ryan, Bob Costas or Dick Stockton/Johnny Morris
  8. Tim Ryan, Frank Glieber, Dick Stockton or Bob Costas/Roman Gabriel
  • Pat Summerall and John Madden were paired together for the first time on the telecast of the Minnesota-Tampa Bay game on November 25. Madden substituted for Brookshier, who was unavailable to work the telecast. Madden would also join Summerall and Brookshier for the Atlanta-Oakland game in week 7.

1980s[edit]

1980[25][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Gary Bender/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully or Gil Santos/George Allen
  3. Gary Bender or Dick Stockton/John Madden
  4. Curt Gowdy or Lindsey Nelson/Hank Stram
  5. Lindsey Nelson or Jim Kelly/Sonny Jurgensen
  6. Frank Glieber/Roger Staubach
  7. Tim Ryan, Frank Glieber or Dick Stockton/Johnny Morris
  8. Frank Glieber, Dick Stockton or Jim Kelly/Jim Hill
  9. Dick Stockton/Paul Warfield (Week 7 only)
  10. Curt Gowdy/Jim Marshall (Week 7 only)
  • This was Tom Brookshier's last season as a color commentator.
  • This was Curt Gowdy's last year calling NFL games. After the season, he left CBS to call college football telecasts for ABC.

1981[26][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Vin Scully/John Madden
  2. Vin Scully, Gary Bender, Pat Summerall or Tom Brookshier/Hank Stram
  3. Lindsey Nelson/George Allen, Sonny Jurgensen or Fred Biletnikoff (this is Nelson's last year calling NFL games for CBS television, as he moved over to co-lead CBS' coverage of college football in 1982; however he continued calling NFL games for CBS Radio for 1982 and 1983)
  4. Tom Brookshier, Frank Glieber or Gary Bender/Roger Staubach
  5. Gary Bender or Tim Ryan/Fred Dryer
  6. Tom Brookshier, Gary Bender, Tim Ryan, Frank Glieber or Dick Stockton/Johnny Morris
  7. Dick Stockton, Frank Glieber or Gary Bender/Jim Hill
  8. Jim Kelly, Tim Ryan, Gary Bender or Frank Glieber/John Dockery
  • In 1981, CBS in the first half of the season did not have set teams. After Thanksgiving, Gary Bender and Frank Glieber moved over to college basketball, which was CBS' first season of broadcasting that particular sport.
  • Going into the 1981 NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that John Madden was going to replace Tom Brookshier as their star NFL color commentator. But they had trouble figuring out who was going to be his play-by-play partner. So in September (for the first four games of the season), they paired Vin Scully with Madden while Pat Summerall was busy covering the U.S. Open tennis tournament for CBS. For the next four games of the season in October, they paired Summerall with Madden while Scully called Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series and World Series for the Dodgers Radio Network and CBS Radio respectively. After the eighth week of the NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that the laconic, baritone-voiced Summerall's style was more in tune with the lively, verbose Madden than the elegant, poetic Scully. As a consolation prize, CBS Sports gave Scully the "B" team assignment and the right to call the NFC Championship Game on CBS Television with Hank Stram. Meanwhile, Pat Summerall called that game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck while John Madden prepared to do the Super Bowl with Summerall in Pontiac, Michigan. Vin Scully reportedly wasn't happy about the demotion, the perception being that his intelligence had been insulted. As a result, Scully bolted to NBC (where he started a memorable seven year run as their lead Major League Baseball announcer) as soon as his contract with CBS was up.

1982[27][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Frank Glieber/John Madden
  2. Jack Buck/Hank Stram
  3. Dick Stockton/Roger Staubach or Jim Hill
  4. Tom Brookshier/Wayne Walker
  5. Frank Glieber/Joe Greene
  6. Tim Ryan or Jim Kelly/Johnny Morris
  7. Jim Kelly/John Dockery (Weeks 1, 8-9)
  8. Sam Nover/Calvin Hill (Week 6 only)
  • Jack Buck returned to CBS television coverage that season.

1983[28][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Jack Buck/John Madden
  2. Frank Glieber/Dick Vermeil
  3. Jack Buck or Jim Kelly (Week 2)/Hank Stram
  4. Dick Stockton/Wayne Walker or Jim Hill (Week 9)
  5. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris
  6. Tom Brookshier or Jim Hill (Week 11)/Charlie Waters or Jim Hill (Week 14)
  7. Jim Kelly/John Dockery or Jim Hill (Week 5)
  • Jack Buck teamed with John Madden to call the Week 2 game between the Giants and Falcons.
  • Tom Brookshier was suspended for the final week of the 1983 season after commenting during a promo for a NCAA basketball game between the Louisville Cardinals and North Carolina State Wolfpack that the Louisville starting five (which happened to be all black) "had a collective IQ of about 40". Brookshier eventually apologized and was reinstated for the 1984 NFL season.

1984[29][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Jack Buck/John Madden (called mostly Giants games)
  2. Frank Glieber/Dick Vermeil or Jean Fugett
  3. Dick Stockton/Hank Stram
  4. Tom Brookshier/Wayne Walker
  5. Verne Lundquist/Terry Bradshaw
  6. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris (called almost all Bears games this season; Morris was the sports reporter for Chicago's CBS affiliate WBBM-TV)
  7. Jim Kelly/Drew Pearson or Jean Fugett
  8. Jim Hill/John Dockery

1985[30][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Jack Buck or Tom Brookshier/Hank Stram/Dick Vermeil (Week 16 only) (called mostly Cardinals games on CBS; Dick Vermeil teamed up with Buck and Stram for the Cowboys-Rams playoff game and the Week 16 Redskins-Cardinals game.)
  3. Dick Stockton/Wayne Walker or Dan Dierdorf
  4. Tom Brookshier/Dick Vermeil/Irv Cross (Week 8 only)
  5. Verne Lundquist/Terry Bradshaw
  6. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris or Dan Jiggetts
  7. Jim Hill or Dan Dierdorf/John Dockery
  8. Dan Dierdorf/Jean Fugett
  9. Jim Kelly or Tom Brookshier/Dan Jiggetts
  • In May 1985, while jogging at the Ken Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, play-by-play announcer Frank Glieber died of a heart attack. Tom Brookshier moved from his position with Wayne Walker to Glieber's position alongside Dick Vermeil.

1986[31][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden (called mostly Giants games on CBS)
  2. Dick Stockton/Dan Dierdorf (Dierdorf's last season at CBS before moving to ABC. Dierdorf would return to CBS in 1999.)
  3. Gary Bender or Tom Brookshier/Hank Stram (Bender's last season at CBS before moving to ABC)
  4. Tim Ryan or Wayne Walker/Terry Bradshaw
  5. Tom Brookshier or Verne Lundquist/Dick Vermeil (Brookshier's last season calling games for CBS)
  6. Jack Buck or Verne Lundquist/Joe Theismann
  7. Verne Lundquist or Jim Hill/Pat Haden
  8. Ralph Hacker or Wayne Walker/Dan Jiggetts
  9. Jim Hill, Wayne Walker or Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris
  10. Wayne Walker/Tom Brookshier (Week 15)
  • Starting during this season and continuing until CBS lost NFC coverage in 1993, Verne Lundquist would occasionally fill in for Pat Summerall while Summerall was assigned to calling the U.S. Open tournament.

1987[32][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Tim Ryan or Jack Buck/Joe Theismann (Following this season, Theismann would move to ESPN)
  3. Dick Stockton/Terry Bradshaw
  4. Tim Brant/Hank Stram
  5. Jim Lampley/Ken Stabler
  6. James Brown/Dan Jiggetts
  7. Verne Lundquist/Dick Vermeil (Vermeil doubled as a panelist for The NFL Today that season; the following season, Vermeil would move to ABC to cover college football)
  8. Jack Buck/Will McDonough

1988[33][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist, Steve Zabriskie or Tim Brant/Terry Bradshaw
  3. Tim Ryan, Tim Brant or Verne Lundquist/Dan Jiggetts
  4. Dick Stockton/Dan Fouts
  5. Tim Brant/Hank Stram or John Dockery
  6. James Brown or Steve Zabriskie/Gary Fencik
  7. Greg Gumbel, Jim Nantz or Steve Zabriskie/Ken Stabler
  8. Steve Zabriskie/Will McDonough (Weeks 3, 7, 13) (like Dick Vermeil a year earlier, McDonough would also serve as an occasional NFL Today panelist)
  9. Jim Nantz/Pat Haden (Week 7 only)

1989[34][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Steve Zabriskie/Terry Bradshaw
  3. Dick Stockton or James Brown/Dan Fouts
  4. Tim Brant/Dan Jiggetts
  5. Steve Zabriskie/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/Ken Stabler
  7. Tim Ryan/Randy Cross
  8. Jim Nantz or Greg Gumbel/Pat Haden
  • This would be Terry Bradshaw's last year as a game commentator for CBS. The following season, he would be promoted to a co-hosting role alongside Greg Gumbel on The NFL Today. Gumbel and Bradshaw replaced Brent Musburger and Irv Cross respectively.

1990s[edit]

1990[35][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall, Verne Lundquist or Dick Stockton/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist, Jack Buck or Jim Henderson/Dan Fouts
  3. Dick Stockton/Merlin Olsen
  4. Tim Ryan/Irv Cross
  5. James Brown/Randy Cross
  6. Jim Henderson/Hank Stram
  7. Brad Nessler/Dan Jiggetts
  8. Jim Nantz/Tim Brant (following this season, Brant would join ABC as a college football analyst)
  • During the 1990 season, Pat Summerall was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a Bears-Redskins game, and was out for a considerable amount of time. While Dick Stockton and Verne Lundquist replaced Summerall on games with John Madden, Jack Buck (who was at CBS during the time as the network's lead Major League Baseball announcer) was added as a regular NFL broadcaster to fill-in. Jim Henderson called the Minnesota/Tampa Bay game with Dan Fouts.
  • After being dropped from The NFL Today, Irv Cross returned to the broadcast booth for the 1990 season.

1991[36][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Brad Nessler/Dan Fouts
  3. Dick Stockton or Brad Nessler/Merlin Olsen (Merlin Olsen would retire from broadcasting after the 1991 season)
  4. James Brown/Randy Cross
  5. Tim Ryan or Sean McDonough/Irv Cross
  6. Jim Nantz, Sean McDonough or Brad Nessler/Hank Stram
  7. Brad Nessler/Dan Jiggetts (Week 12 only)
  8. Sean McDonough/Dave Jennings (Week 12 only)

1992[37][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist, Jim Nantz or Tim Ryan/Dan Fouts
  3. Tim Ryan or Mike Emrick or Paul Olden/Matt Millen
  4. Dick Stockton or Jim Nantz/Randy Cross
  5. Jim Nantz, Sean McDonough, Jim Hill, Paul Olden or Mike Emrick/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/George Starke or John Robinson
  7. Sean McDonough/John Robinson (Weeks 11-12)

1993[38][edit]

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Jim Nantz or Dick Stockton/Randy Cross
  3. Verne Lundquist or Dick Stockton/Dan Fouts
  4. Tim Ryan or Sean McDonough/Matt Millen
  5. Dick Stockton, James Brown, Mike Emrick, Sean McDonough or Jim Hill/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/Dennis Byrd or Dan Jiggetts
  7. Dick Stockton/Dan Jiggetts (Week 14 only)
  8. Dick Stockton/Anthony Munoz (Weeks 16-17)
  • This was CBS' last year as the National Football Conference television provider. The following year, Pat Summerall, John Madden, James Brown, Dick Stockton, Matt Millen, and Terry Bradshaw of The NFL Today would move over to Fox. CBS would resume their NFL coverage with the AFC package in 1998.

1998[39][edit]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Verne Lundquist/Randy Cross/Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche
  4. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Beasley Reece
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/John Dockery
  8. Tim Brando/Craig James/Lou Holtz

1999[40][edit]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche
  4. Gus Johnson or Don Criqui/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui or Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Beasley Reece
  8. Tim Brando/Charles Mann
  • From 1999 to 2004, the duo of Don Criqui and Steve Tasker were almost always assigned to games featuring the Buffalo Bills. Both Criqui (a Buffalo native) and Tasker (a former Bill) have connections to western New York, and the Criqui-Tasker pairing is one of the last examples of an NFL team having its own network TV announcing crew.

2000s[edit]

2000[41][edit]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms or Todd Blackledge/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche, Todd Blackledge, Randy Cross, or Daryl Johnston/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Charles Mann or Daryl Johnston
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman
  • Todd Blackledge, CBS' top college football analyst, filled in for Sam Wyche on the Seattle-Miami Week 1 telecast as Wyche was recovering from vocal cord surgery. Wyche did return to call the Miami-Minnesota broadcast in Week 2, but his voice had gotten worse and Beasley Reece (originally the sideline reporter for this game) was brought in 10 minutes into the telecast to assist in the booth. Wyche would not work another game until Week 1 of the 2001 season before leaving CBS after Week
  • Also in Week 2, Blackledge worked Oakland-Indianapolis as he subbed for Phil Simms, who had an emergency appendectomy.
  • Dick Enberg would make his official NFL on CBS debut in Week 3 (Buffalo-NY Jets), due to his work hosting the US Open. Verne Lundquist joined Dan Dierdorf in Weeks 1 and 2. Various announcers would fill in for Enberg during the opening weekend of the NFL season until Enberg's departure after the 2009 season.

2001[42][edit]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Kevin Harlan/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan or Don Criqui/Craig James/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones/Sam Wyche (Weeks 1-2; Wyche left after Week 2)
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Trevor Matich
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman
  • During Week 12, in addition to calling San Diego-Philadelphia, Dick Enberg and Dan Dierdorf also announced that year's Army/Navy game; both games were played at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

2002[43][edit]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Ian Eagle/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle or Don Criqui/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/Craig James/Jerry Glanville (Week 16)
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman

2003[44][edit]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/Beasley Reece
  8. Bill Macatee/Jerry Glanville (Weeks 2+14)
  9. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman (Week 2 only)

2004[45][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Dan Dierdorf/Dan Dierdorf or Todd Blackledge/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson or Craig Bolerjack/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Craig Bolerjack or Brad Sham/Rich Baldinger
  • In Week 1, Tennessee-Miami was moved a day earlier due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan. As per Dick Enberg's US Open duties, he was filled in on play-by-play by Dan Dierdorf, while Todd Blackledge provided color commentary. Two weeks later, Miami's game against Pittsburgh was pushed to 8:30 pm because of Hurricane Jeanne. The game aired on the CBS and UPN affiliates in both Pittsburgh and Miami.

2005[46][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf or Rich Gannon/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones or Steve Tasker (Jones left after week 3)
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker, Rich Gannon or Steve Beuerlein
  7. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon
  8. Craig Bolerjack, Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Rich Baldinger
  • Following this season, CBS discontinued the use of sideline reporters in its regular season NFL coverage until 2014.

2006[47][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Randy Cross
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle or Bill Macatee/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Bill Macatee, Don Criqui or Craig Bolerjack/Rich Baldinger

2007[48][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel or Craig Bolerjack/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Randy Cross
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Don Criqui or Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein

2008[49][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Randy Cross (Dan Fouts sometimes joins this crew)
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Don Criqui/Dan Fouts
  • During Week 7 of this season, a power failure at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium caused problems leading to the regular broadcast team of Gumbel and Dierdorf being unable to call portions of the game (vs. San Diego). Video was still available, and so James Brown called portions of the game from the studio, with the rest of the NFL Today team providing color commentary.

2009[50][51][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Dan Fouts
  4. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  5. Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon
  6. Gus Johnson or Dave Ryan/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Don Criqui/Randy Cross (Weeks 5-6, 11 and 16)

2010s[edit]

2010[52][53][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms or Dan Fouts
  2. Greg Gumbel or Spero Dedes/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts or Rich Gannon
  4. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  5. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  6. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon
  7. Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Spero Dedes/Randy Cross (Weeks 2-3, 17)
  • During Week 13 of the regular season, Dan Fouts filled in for Phil Simms, who underwent back surgery earlier that week.
  • During Week 13 of the regular season, Rich Gannon filled in for Dan Fouts while Fouts was filling in for Simms.

2011[54][55][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
  4. Marv Albert or Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon
  5. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Bill Macatee or Andrew Catalon/Steve Tasker
  7. Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein (Weeks 2-3, 10, 13, 17)
  8. Don Criqui/Randy Cross (Weeks 2-3, 17)
  • The pairing team of Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker did not call any games in Week 1, 6-7, 9.

2012[56][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Steve Tasker (postseason sideline reporter) and Solomon Wilcots (AFC Championship Game/Super Bowl XLVII (postseason sideline reporter)
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf/Solomon Wilcots (postseason sideline reporter)
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
  4. Marv Albert or Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon
  5. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Steve Tasker
  7. Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein (Weeks 2-3, 12-13, 16-17)
  8. Don Criqui/Randy Cross (Weeks 16-17)
  • The pairing team of Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker did not call any games in Weeks 1, 7, 9, 11, 15.

2013[57][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms and Bill Cowher (Week 6 only)/Tracy Wolfson
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf/Tracy Wolfson
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts and Shannon Sharpe (Week 6 only)
  4. Marv Albert or Spero Dedes or Andrew Catalon/Rich Gannon
  5. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots and Boomer Esiason (Week 6 only)
  6. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes or Don Criqui/Steve Tasker (Steve Beuerlein joined weeks 1, 2, 12, 13, 14)
  7. Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Andrew Catalon/Adam Archuleta (Week 16, 17)
  • Tracy Wolfson joined the pairings of Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in Week 1. She also joined the pairing of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in Week 2, 13 and the postseason.
  • During Weeks 1 and 2, Spero Dedes filled in for Bill Macatee who was calling the U.S. Open.
  • Steve Beuerlein joined the pairing of Spero Dedes and Steve Tasker in Weeks 1 and 2 while Dedes was filling in for Macatee.
  • For Week 6 only, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason were assigned games with the respective pairs above.
  • During Week 8, Spero Dedes filled in for Marv Albert, who called the Bulls/Heat game for TNT.
  • During Week 13, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms called two games for CBS. They announced the Thanksgiving game on Thursday, as they do each year, and the competitive game between Denver and Kansas City on Sunday.
  • During Week 14, Don Criqui, who had retired from NFL play-by-play after the 2012 season, temporarily came out of retirement and filled in for Bill Macatee, who had trouble traveling due to a winter storm in Texas; he called the Cleveland-New England game with former partner Steve Tasker. Criqui's one game in 2013 marked the 47th season Criqui had called an NFL game, the longest active streak among announcers not just in the NFL, but in all sports on network television.
  • During Week 15, Andrew Catalon filled in for Marv Albert.
  • Following the AFC Division round, Dan Dierdorf retired after 29 years calling NFL games for CBS and ABC. Dierdorf will be calling Michigan football games on radio beginning this season.
  • Allie LaForce joined Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf as the sideline reporter for the Indianapolis-New England divisional round.
  • In May 2014, Marv Albert announced he is stepping down from calling NFL games.

2014[58][edit]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Jenny Dell
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Evan Washburn
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Andrew Catalon/Steve Tasker/Steve Beuerlein
  7. Brian Anderson/Adam Archuleta
  8. Tom McCarthy/Chris Simms
  • Beginning in 2014, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call Thursday Night Football games on CBS and NFL Network. Tracy Wolfson will be the sideline reporter.
  • Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts have been promoted to the #2 broadcast team for 2014. They will also serve as primary team when Nantz and Simms are not scheduled for Sunday games.
  • Greg Gumbel moves into Eagle's place as the #3 play-by-play, with analyst Trent Green joining CBS television after previously working with Eagle on Westwood One's NFL radiocasts.
  • With the retirement of Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan joins Rich Gannon as the #4 for the first time since 2008 while Spero Dedes joins the broadcast team permanently as Harlan's replacement alongisde Solomon Wilcots.
  • Tom McCarthy joins CBS from Westwood One, where he called NFL games on the radio, while Brian Anderson joins due to his association with CBS for March Madness.
  • CBS plans to use local reporters to cover the sideline for teams 4-8.

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